Almost All Original: 1986 Honda Civic Si

Jeff LaveryBy Jeff Lavery

This completely stock 1986 Honda Civic Si is a rare find, but calling it completely original may be a stretch. The seller notes a repaint by Maaco in the past year which was performed to address the sun fade typical of older California vehicles. Despite this, it sounds like the seller did it the right way by removing all trim before the repaint commenced. Find this mostly-original Civic Si here on eBay with the reserve unmet. 

The old-school California blue plates (sort of the new black plate, if you will, now that those are being issued again) give some indication this Civic’s originality. Effectively a CRX Si with four seats, these third-gen hatches are increasingly hard to find in anything other than rotted-out or modified condition. Despite the repaint, this example was likely well-preserved before heading to Maaco, as all of the Si-specific components remain in place: dual-outlet muffler, Si badges, moonroof, air dam and more. Lenses and glass look clean, too.

Honda interiors of this era are exercises in simplicity and entirely driver-focused. Three-spoke steering wheel, nicely bolstered sport seats and a smooth-shifting Honda manual transmission. The floor mats are a bit tired and some Coco woven mats wouldn’t look entirely out of place given this generation is now 30 years old. Dash plastics look good despite the apparent sun-damage done to the exterior surfaces. Weather-stripping is also said to be in good shape with no apparent leaks.

The seller has done a nice job of preserving the car’s various OEM bits, right down to including a correct factory radio. OEM mudflaps and roof rack are also installed, and the wheels still wear Si-specific hubcaps and tires with 60 percent of their tread left. Despite the seller calling a repainted car “all original,” there’s not much here not to like. The Civic is located in Orange County, California, and if the reserve is set at $5K or less, we see this one finding a new owner.

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  1. Steve

    dang…….on the wrong coast or Id bid on it

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  2. Jeffro

    30 years old and still a good looking design.

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  3. KevinR

    These are great driving little cars, although they can be a bit buzzy. They are not as solid feeling as VWs of the same era. I can’t remember the last time I saw one of these Civics. I don’t follow the Japanese car scene, but I have to believe these cars are well regarded by those guys.

    BTW, those hubcaps are not Si-specific. My parents’ ’87 Civic DX sedan had the same hubcaps. I haven’t looked for 13″ tires lately, but it’s getting hard to find decent tires in the smaller sizes.

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  4. davew833

    Maaco paint job… hmmm. Well it looks good in the pictures at least.

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  5. Superdessucke

    Rare to find one of these stock, and in California no less! That it escaped a trash can exhaust system, 3″ lowering springs, and theft for 30 years is amazing.

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  6. Chrisvrabel

    Too bad it’s got a Maaco temp paint job.

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  7. Greg

    I had one just like it in the 90’s. Fun cars to drive. My ex plowed into the back of an Explorer and that was the end for both!

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    • Neal

      Yikes! Meaning the end of the Civic and the Explorer both, or both the Civic and your ex-wife?!?!

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  8. Greg

    LOL ! The Civic and the girlfriend!

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  9. chad

    the end of her
    (death?) I knew da cars wuz lill…

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